I was on my way home from the grocery store yesterday and came around the corner near the neighborhood/community swimming pool. There were a good dozen kids splashing around and then I made my way past the entrance way of the pool and caught the following site;
As could be seen from this unexpanded shot, the front of the pool was loaded with battery operated cars, motorized scooters and a good deal of parents cars that were convertible BMW's, Lexus's, Hummer's and the usual host of fine automobiles.
And then we sometimes wonder where are values have gone and what our kids are trained to think. It's all about the "bling-bling." Why ride a bike when you could take your own car? I'm sure I could hear it now, the statements said from the youngsters to their parents, "Well Jimmy just got a car for his birthday and so did Cindy. Why can't I have a car. You know I'm in kindergarten! SHEESH!"
Childhood obesity...I can't imagine some of the underlying problems??? I know I'll probably have some people respond with, "Come on Kindzia, they are only toys!" Well, to a point, I agree. We are only talking about toys. But I probably wouldn't be a big fan of candy cigarettes or a toy crack pipe. Nor would I be a fan of a toy "Tramp Stamp Tattoo Home Addition." I'm starting to notice kids that may not even be teenagers with multiple piercings and tattoos. Call me old fashioned, but I call these kids punks. Yeah, yeah, yeah, self expression, I know... Why can't they just give themselves a bad haircut. At least that just grows back once they get their head out of their asses.
But when you have tat's all over your body and your earlobes are the size of golf balls, I think a parent has an obligation to their kids to tell them that they are on their way to being bigger losers than the parents themselves.
And just because you head to the pool doesn't mean you have to take the entire potato chip aisle from the grocery store with you...